MANOLO ESPADA bagged a brace as Frampton maintained their quest for the County League title with a 4-1 victory over local rivals Hardwicke.

The home side went ahead on 37 minutes when Nathan Dennis headed in a Finlay Blythe corner. Josh Loveridge's side missed the chance to make it 2-0 when Hardwicke keeper Tom Kaye save well from Dan Martin.

On the cusp of the break Hardwicke levelled the score with a Kieran Squires goal.

Right from the start of the second half Frampton’s Dan Martin made it 2-1. Then, Espada got in on the act with a 20-yard rocket that flew into the top corner to make it 3-1. Espada rounded the scoring off on 86 minutes when he scored again from a corner.